Networking, or What the Social Means in Social Media

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Taina Bucher (2015)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publishing
  • Journal: Social Media + Society (issn: 2056-3051)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1177/2056305115578138
  • Subject: Communication. Mass media | P87-96

This article questions the meaning of the social in social media. It does this by revisiting boyd and Ellison’s seminal paper and definition of social network sites. The article argues that social media are not so much about articulating or making an existing network visible. Rather, being social in the context of social media simply means creating connections within the boundaries of adaptive algorithmic architectures. Every click, share, like, and post creates a connection, initiates a relation. The network dynamically grows, evolves, becomes. The network networks. The social in social media is not a fact but a doing.
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